James Rickner – Director
Married to Lauren Rickner. Son Harrison was born in October 2016, daughter Henleigh born July 2018. I was born in Oklahoma, but Humboldt, Kansas is where I was raised. After graduating high school, I attended FSCC for one year before transferring to Ottawa University. While at Ottawa, I worked at Camp Chippewa seasonally for five years during my time at college. While at Ottawa University I completed a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Business Administration. The following year I returned and completed my MBA.
Over my time at camp, I have gone to various ACA, UMCRM, and CHA conferences and clinics. I am on the Certified Horsemanship Assocation board and I have completed many certifications over the years, including; completion of ACA New Director Course, ACA Basic Camp Director Course, CHA certified riding instructor, CHA certified day ride trail guide, CDL, Red Cross life guard, and a private pesticide applicator license.
Megan Bastemeyer – Program Coordinator
I was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas and grew up going to summer camp and youth retreats at Chippewa. I have a dog named Brisco, who is named after the lake at camp! I attended the University of Kansas majoring in Political Science. Before working at Camp Chippewa, I worked in Youth Ministry and it helped lead me to Camp! I am the Membership Chair member for the Local Council of Leaders for the Great Rivers District of the American Camp Association, Level 2 USA Archery Certified, Low Ropes Certified, and a Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED & Lifeguarding Instructor. I have attended ACA and UMCRM national conferences over the past few years and I look forward to any opportunity to learn and grow! I love to travel and go on adventures any chance I get. I have a passion for exploring new places and getting to know new people from all walks of life. I feel called to be a part of camping ministries and feel incredibly blessed to call Chippewa my camp home.
Pastor Bud McCluney – Site & Outreach Coordinator
Married to Beth McCluney with 2 sons, Ryan and Andrew. I was born in Cocoa, Florida, but St. Louis, MO is home (although I am still not use to the Midwest winters and enjoy being barefoot). I have a B.A. Degree in Religion/Bible and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies. God called me into full-time ministry my first year of College and have served Churches in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas as Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor. I recently worked as the Campus Pastor at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS. God has given me a passion for working with young people and has opened the door for me to serve at Camp Chippewa.
Libby Franks – Administrative Assistant
Married to George Franks for 38 years with 2 sons and 4 wonderful grandchildren! I moved to Ottawa from Washington State when I was 17 years old and then graduated Ottawa High School in 1977. I met my husband George the following March, and we were married three months later. I started at Ottawa University when I turned 25 and my son turned 5. We both started learning computers at the same time; me at the University, and him in Kindergarten. I graduated from OU with my BA in Human Services and have been working with people in one capacity or another ever since. For many years, I enjoyed working with the elderly, and now I am truly enjoying spending my days with kids and working in this beautiful camp environment. Life is good!